2 Kasım 2010 Salı
No blues is a unique project which explores the connection between two musical worlds: americana and Arabic music.
For this project by Productiehuis Oost-Nederland (ON), Ad van Meurs (guitar), Haytham Safia (Ud, Arabic lute) and Anne-Maarten van Heuvelen (double bass) were invited; their assignment was to investigate a possible combination of folkblues and traditional Arabic music in a three-day session.
Both folk-blues and the Arabic taqsim (the improvised interplay without a fixed rhythm) are exceptionally suited for storytelling; the former in a somewhat rawer way, the latter mostly lyrical and melodic. In the same way as Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie documented their era in the early 20th century with their songs, the instrumentalist is the torchbearer of a centuries-old tradition in the virtually unwritten Arabic music culture. Traditional Arabic music differs from other music cultures in the way in which the music scale is subdivided. Thus the music can adopt forms that are nearly impossible in the western octave system.
In the No blues sessions the musicians soon succeeded in establishing a singular integration of folk-blues and Arabic music. A cross-breeding of Americana and Arabic music, we call Arabicana. Songs about ordinary folks, love and sadness, played and sung in the tradition that is characteristic for folk-blues as well as Arabic traditional music.
The sessions were concluded in 2004, and in 2005 the HT studio in Gemert was visited in order to make the recordings for the first CD "Farewell Shalabiye" (Rounder records RRECD10) under the supervision of Ankie Keultjes. The second CD "Ya Dunya" (Rounder records RRECD 20) was released in the fall of 2007 and has 2 songs together with Tracy Bonham, and the third, "Lumen" (Continental Europe CECD29) in 2009. On all three albums they cooperate with singer Ankie Keultjes and drummers Osama Maleegi and Eric van de Leist...